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Area Dog Vomits, Directed to Human ER by Veterinary Clinic on Friday Afternoon

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FAIRFAX, VA – Rusty, a local 4-year-old labrador retriever who had a few episodes of vomiting, was sent to the emergency department last Friday afternoon by his primary veterinary provider (PVP) after his owner called the office requesting advice.

dog vet clinicSamantha McMurphy, Rusty’s owner, was reached for comment.  “I got a little worried about Rusty, since it isn’t like him to throw up.  After the third time it happened, he started to look pretty droopy, just staring off and panting a bit.  I figured I had better call the vet to see what to do.”

“They told me they couldn’t work him in, since it was 3:15 p.m. on a Friday.  They said to take him straight to the ER because he could have appendicitis.  I asked which hospital, and they said St. Mary’s.  I told them I didn’t know of a St. Mary’s Vet Hosptial, and they replied that I should just take him to the St. Mary’s that cares for people.  I thought that seemed strange, but I loaded up Ol’ Russ and we drove on over.”

While in triage, Mc Murphy mentioned to the nurse that her PVP had recommended lab work, IV fluids, and a full-body CT scan.  Rusty then had to wait for 3 hours to be seen, as there were 29 patients (including 2 other dogs, a kitten with a fever, a gerbil covered in lube, and a comatose parakeet) in the ER waiting room.

“They told me that you guys could sedate him for the scan,” McMurphy reported to the ER physician on duty.

“My vet also said that he probably needed to be admitted, and that you should just call the hospitalist on duty when his tests come back positive.”

At press time, Rusty was licking his balls on the medical ward, awaiting a nuclear medicine gastric emptying study.  Just two short days into his admission, he learned to press the nurse call bell when he needed more Dilaudid for 10 barks out 10 pain.

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    Marit Veeber

    As a vet who’s spent many a night on call, I guess I should be a little offended by the insinuation that us vets can’t be bothered to see animals out of hours, but this post actually made me smile :-)

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    Bazza

    Yes Amanda it’s deadly serious………… Wow

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    Brad Wagoner

    I wonder if the critters owner bothered to reference Web M.D. for taking the trip

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    Gina Cotton Simpson

    True story….A Memphis ER nurse performed CPR on a monkey somebody brought to the door.

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    Patty Savinelli

    Take better care of animals then humans. Tell relatives of seniors that they’ve lived a full life( for ages 75 and up) and what do you want us to do for them. Just heard this story again- person was 85, alert, active, driving a car and working part time. So sad that hospital it’s get to tell us whether we live or not. Insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies have too much to say and monies to back up these hospitals

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    Aubrey Morris

    Did he recently travel outside the U.S. In the last 3 weeks?

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    Amanda Jane Golino

    Bwahahahaha

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    Meghan Bohlender

    My favorite part is the report on him licking his balls in nuc med…

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    Shelly Shadrick

    Meghan Bohlender…you’re welcome. Might want to empty your bladder before reading.

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    Matt McCauley

    “gerbil covered in lube”

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    Mike Nguyen

    If a dog came in, i would call a priority 1 and give him all the dilaudid he wants!

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    Bill Moore

    I’m sure there is some discrimination going on here causing the delay in lab work and CT. Everyone knows that Labs get quicker labs and kitties get quicker Cat Scans.

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    Lacey Laurino

    “Lab work”… Lol

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    Matthew Follansbee

    Matt McCauley

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    Matthew Follansbee

    Matt McCauley

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    Robin Fahringer Mitchell Machajewski

    LOL! Shawna Jackson? ;-)

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    Robin Fahringer Mitchell Machajewski

    LOL! Shawna Jackson? ;-)

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    Shelley Ellerd

    No clue, but that sounds like him! Lol Super sweet!

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    Shelley Ellerd

    No clue, but that sounds like him! Lol Super sweet!

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    Robert Hilda Palomo

    A likely story Shelley Ellerd. But seriously didn’t one of the ER docs take a stray that wandered into the ER at Bay & hook him up w IV fluids, feed him & give him a makeshift bed? I think maybe it was Schwirtlich but not sure. Very sweet of whoever it was!!!

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    Sarah Perry Diestler

    I would prefer animals to some of the patients and parents we get!!!!

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    Jan Eva Noethe

    A young military couple was renting our house on Akee Street while we were stateside and our dog was hit by a car. They took her to Gorgas where her broken leg was set! May have helped that my mom was a nurse at the hospital

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    Susan French

    He’s a cute one for sure

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    Lee Lake

    Gotta love the gerbil covered in lube, lol

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    Gomerblog

    Poor Rusty! He needs some love though

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    Joe Gonzalez

    Yes!

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    Helen Aanstoos

    What about the STAT flea and tick bath? And those licked balls? They gotta go.

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    Susan French

    This one’s just dumb

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    Amanda Vescovo

    Omg seriously??

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    Megan Kincaid

    Amanda

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    Irene Rebello

    Yeah , they should probably quarantine him and close down the vet clinic that took the call for a thorough haz mat cleaning.

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    Austin Allison

    10 barks out of 10….lol!

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    Kellie Thorne

    Might be ebola! Gotta keep him under observation!

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